- any plant of a genus, Pieris, of American and Asiatic shrubs, esp P. formosa forrestii, grown for the bright red colour of its young foliage: family Ericaceae
New Latin, from Greek Pierides, a name for the Muses
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Examples from the Web for pieris
You ask what I think about the gay-coloured females of Pieris.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
Among these was a new species, which I have named Pieris tamar.The Malay Archipelago
Alfred Russell Wallace
A second brood of Colias Philodice, the common sulphur-yellow butterfly, appears, and Pieris oleracea visits turnip-patches.Our Common Insects
Alpheus Spring Packard
The Pieris, on its part, takes good care not to touch the tithymals: they would endanger its life.
The man who was the first to see his cabbage-plot devastated by caterpillars made the acquaintance of the Pieris.